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I would like hands-on work that allows travel in a nonprofit organization that helps endangered species. What degree(s) should I pursue?

I am willing to get involved with anything from the sciences to social work. I just need recommendations, or directions to a degree/ course of study I can look into that will get me moving forward. Thank you! #nonprofits #endangered-species #career #public-sector #animals #habitat-restoration

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Laura Rose’s Answer


I agree with the comment below, that a major doesn't necessarily mean a career. If you're interested in working abroad, I would suggest doing at LEAST 1 semester abroad. Additionally, if you know what country you're interested in working in, learning the language is a must. Also, if you know you want to work with endangered species, your major should have something to do with ecology & ecosystems. I think if you're sure that you want to A-travel, B-work for a non-profit and C-help endangered species, then choose ONE of those to hone in on. You could also check out Americorps programs, some of them go for the summer months and are a great intro to non-profit work.

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Lindsey’s Answer

Hi Beau,

That sounds like a very interesting career path! I have a few pieces of advice. 1) Know that a major doesn't equal a career. It's more about working on certain skillsets and gaining experiences than what you study in school. With that being said, sciences, social worker, human resources, or even business could be good options for you based on your proposed career path. Which leads to point 2) Figure out what your personal interests, skills, and values are. Look deeply at these categories and find ways for them to line up. What major coursework fits your interests and skills? Do you like math and science? If not, look into other degrees that would fulfill your interests more. And point 3) You'll want to look into volunteering and study abroad when you're in college to gain experience in traveling and nonprofit work. Internships are also very helpful in expanding your skillsets and setting yourself up for success in your chosen career path.

Best of luck to you!

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